My journey to licensure and starting my own practice in Psychotherapy. My focus is adults with a history of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment. I’m not officially certified in anything but marriage and family therapy but I’ve got a dancer’s soul and I’ve studied dance since I was 5 years old. I took classes through to college before I changed my life’s focus but have always wanted to use my love and gift of dance MORE.
I wrote the following post back in 2020 when the pandemic first hit and right after I began my career as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I didn’t realize I never actually posted it. Two years later, 2022, I now have the bandwidth to start posting again. And my journey continues…I now facilitate mindful movement five days a week in group therapy with adults with mental illness and substance abuse. Arthritis has slowed me down lately but I’ve got an upcoming medical procedure that hopefully will put me back on my feet. However, I have two knee replacements in my near future, all due to arthritis and excruciating pain. So, again, I’m still a work in progress.
These past few weeks have been very interesting as I watch the world react to the global pandemic. There are all kinds of fears and rumors amid the constant change in our freedom to come and go as we please. As an introvert and one of the “essential employees”, my life really hasn’t changed much. If anything, it’s been easier in some ways. It’s been easier to get to work because there is no bumper to bumper traffic and pretty great finding a parking spot at work since I have to park on the streets of La Jolla. It’s been more difficult to grocery shop but I’ve been turning to online purchasing lately.
I’m doing online worship and it’s great to sit in my living room, or dance with abandon, should the Holy Spirit move me to do so. My back is still an issue and I’ve turned to chiropractic and supplements to reduce the discomfort. I’m still walking even though I’m now experiencing more sciatic pain after the walk. So, I have to be mindful when I move.
This realization sparked the idea of calling my form of therapy, Mindful Movement. I’ve already been implementing it in my work with groups. While there are challenges to working with mental health clients, I have used basic warm-up techniques and isolations to loosen up sedentary muscles and stiff necks. I’m learning to navigate all the different personalities that come with mental illness and slowing gaining rapport and respect of group members.